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Matt Vis

Matt Vis

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Matt is honoured to tell the stories of his hometown. Matt joined TBNewswatch.com in 2013 and is an experienced political reporter covering issues that have local, regional, provincial and national impacts. Matt also has an extensive background covering the criminal justice system and local sports scene.

Twitter: @MattVis

Recent Work by Matt

Tourism Thunder Bay welcoming applications for hotel tax funding

Tourism Thunder Bay welcoming applications for hotel tax funding

Municipal accommodation tax, which adds four per cent charge on hotel stays, is expected to generate $2 million annually with 50 per cent required to be directed to designated tourism entity.
End of DSSAB program could bring more funding requests to local councils

End of DSSAB program could bring more funding requests to local councils

The Community Social Reinvestment Program contributed $562,000 to more than 30 initiatives across the Thunder Bay district in 2019.
Council approves cannabis storefront location policy

Council approves cannabis storefront location policy

Policy will guide city's response to future storefront applications but decision will ultimately be made by Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
User fees to be charged for city outdoor sports fields

User fees to be charged for city outdoor sports fields

City expects to collect $38,000 through fees for adult and youth organizations to use fields.
Border Cats looking ahead to next season

Border Cats looking ahead to next season

Organization hopes first year under new local ownership group will be the start of more success both on and off the diamond.
Art Widnall Pool seeing busy summer following Dease Pool closure

Art Widnall Pool seeing busy summer following Dease Pool closure

City official says the remaining east end outdoor pool is experiencing 42 per cent increase in attendance so far this season.
Council to consider policy recommending pot shop locations

Council to consider policy recommending pot shop locations

City administration recommending stores be located at least 150 metres away from parks, community centres, recreational facilities, libraries, watercourses, mental health and addiction facilities and alcohol retail outlets.
Autism concerns brought to minister's attention

Autism concerns brought to minister's attention

Provincial government developing new needs-based strategy after previous changes to Ontario Autism Program were heavily criticized.
Hughes named city's next deputy police chief

Hughes named city's next deputy police chief

Ryan Hughes, who was the detective inspector of Thunder Bay police's criminal investigations branch, has a 21-year policing career.
Implications of Dease Pool heritage designation to get closer look

Implications of Dease Pool heritage designation to get closer look

Thunder Bay city administration requests time to examine what designation of now shuttered century-old pool would mean for future of the property.